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No Compost Bin? No Problem!

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Today’s infograph comes from Fix.com, where they’ve assembled a quick and easy guide for using your kitchen scraps in your garden without a compost bin. It’s an simple way to turn garden waste into garden gold without much effort through … Continue reading

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Fungal Wood Pile for Compost

Fungi growing on wood chips. Used for making fungal-dominant compost.

If you have issues like powdery mildew and blight in your garden, chances are you need more good fungi in your soil to combat the bad fungi. Our latest YouTube video shows you one easy and free way to inoculate … Continue reading

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Soil Food Web Intensive – Part 2

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In our last episode, we shared the wonders of Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web Intensive course. Today, we’ll continue with more tidbits and tricks that will help you build better compost (and compost tea) for a healthier garden. In … Continue reading

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YouTube: Harvesting Compost

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We’ve been busy making instructional videos, and the latest one is all about harvesting compost. Here you’ll learn simple tricks and tools to get your compost from the bin to the garden bed in an efficient way. We’ve event added … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Leaves for Compost?

Dried tree leaves make good compost material

A great question came in from a curious gardenerd this week: “Just started composting! I have a composting tumbler in my yard as there are many animals I would need to keep out of a pile eg. deer raccoons, etc. … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal with Compost

A bacterial-eating nematode

Nerd Alert: this blog post may cause irrational desire to look at compost under a microscope. Ever since I took Alane Weber’s compost immersion workshop last year, I have been trying out the techniques I learned to make better compost. … Continue reading

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Active Batch Composting

The "thermal" in active batch thermal composting

What the heck is “Active Batch Composting” anyway? You’re about to find out, but first let’s look at another term: Cold composting. Cold composting, though the name is a bit of a misnomer, is what most gardeners do. We have … Continue reading

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Compostable Cutlery – Not!

Compostable cutlery, nearly three years later

I’ve been unknowingly conducting an experiment on compostable cutlery over the last three years. Today I report my findings to you, in hopes that it will dispel some of the myths about biodegradable products. I celebrated a landmark birthday in … Continue reading

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Soil Foodweb: It’s a Party In There

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This week we are delighted to present another guest blogger, Sheri Powell-Wolff, A.K.A. Compost Teana. Sheri is an Advisor and Master Soil Consultant for Soil Foodweb Oregon and Earth Fortifications in Corvallis,
Oregon.   Her company, Compost TEAna’s Organic Landscapes provides compost tea services and soil biology testing and consultation in
the Los Angeles Area
.   She’s here to gives us the …

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Compost Queries

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A question came in this week from a Gardenerd student:

“I’m sharing a Biostack [compost] bin with my neighbors in my apt complex and the question was raised on whether or not it’s acceptable to put whole fruit, apples, oranges, etc. into the bin. I’m
trying to keep the bin simple for people so I am hesitant to tell people to cut up their fruit to help accelerate the composting, but my neighbor thinks they should be. Can you tell me what the

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